Category : Gifts
When someone moves into or buys his or her first home, it is a cause for celebration. Housewarming parties are held so all the friends can see the home.
It is tradition when you have a friend or loved one move into a new home to present the friend or loved one with a housewarming gift. Buying housewarming gifts can be tricky, so here are a few housewarming gift ideas, hints, and even advice on what not to purchase.
Ideas for Housewarming Gifts
When trying to select ideas for housewarming gifts, consider going room-by-room. Kitchen utensils, pots and pans, aprons, linens, mixers, blenders, toasters, and silverware can always be used. You can often find these on sale at various department stores as well as Kohl’s.
Fresh plants brighten up a home. A potted plant is a housewarming gift idea that will be appreciated. Include instructions on how to best care for the plant. If you know your recipient does not have a “green thumb” or suffers from allergies, a silk plant works instead of a fresh plant.
Decorations for the door are another housewarming gift you could give. A plaque saying “Bless This House” or a cheery wreath in colors that match the house are gifts that will last for years. If giving seasonal wreaths, include a wreath box for storage.
Personalized Housewarming Gifts
Give personalized housewarming gifts. Wine glasses that have been engraved with the move-in date will mark the occasion in a way the recipients will always remember. Add a membership to a wine of the month club for an extravagant gift that will be appreciated.
Scented candles give a soothing light and scent to any decor. Candles are excellent housewarming gifts because they can be used in any room of the house. Choose a neutral shade so the candles will match the decor and look for a lighter scent that won’t overpower.
A crystal decanter or bowl is another one of the most popular housewarming gift ideas. Crystal matches any decor, so the piece won’t look out-of-place. A crystal bowl can be used as a centerpiece or as a fruit bowl. It can also be placed on a shelf as a piece of artwork. A crystal bowl is one of the most versatile gifts that can be given. Crystal bowls engraved with the initials of the recipient are personalized housewarming gifts that will be handed down from generation to generation.
Housewarming Gift Baskets
You may also choose a “themed” housewarming gift basket. A gift basket of tools with hammers, nails, picture hangers, and wrenches make a nicehousewarming gift for men. Another housewarming gift for men could be a gift basket filled with a caulking gun, paint, and other do-it-yourself supplies.
Women will also appreciate a themed housewarming gift basket. A gift basket filled with flower seeds, a trowel, and soil makes a great housewarming gift for women who like gardening. A gift certificate to a store that will allow her to choose decorations for her home is also a nicehousewarming gift for women who like to decorate.
Traditional Housewarming Gifts
Purchasing a large canvas re-usable shopping bag and filling it with household essentials is an extremely useful housewarming gift idea. Include toilet paper, paper towels, dishcloths, laundry detergent, fabric softener, aluminum foil, and household cleaners. This gift will come in handy during the moving process and after the move-in is complete.
Throw blankets, Snuggies, and baskets to hold reading materials are other useful gift ideas.
Don’t forget the children, if there are any. Night-lights, light-switch covers, and padded clothes hangers make wonderful gifts for a child’s room. You can find Disney themed night-lights and light-switch covers at the Disney Store.
Moving into a new home can be stressful. Many first-time home buyers end up eating out as they attempt to unpack and get organized. Give the gift of gourmet meals that can be enjoyed in the new home. DineWise and Home Bistro both offer a wide selection of food that is delivered to the home and can be easily heated.
Housewarming Gifts Not to Give
Never, ever, give the gift of a live animal or pet as a gift. This goes for any gift-giving occasion. The recipient may not have the time, energy, or funds to take care of a pet.
Unless you know the family’s taste in art, stay away from framed art and sculptures for the home. If you want to help decorate the walls, give a gift certificate to a local art gallery or any other art store and let the recipient choose his or her own art.
Don’t re-gift an item from your own home. You’re going to get caught if you attempt this one. Many of the ideas listed here are inexpensive and only take a little of your time. Save the re-gifting and present a new item for the new home.